Oz trip next for ‘Pride of St Helens’

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TOP boxer Martin Murray is set to defend his interim middleweight title in Australia on November 30 - providing he gets a visa sorted out first.

The Fingerpost fighter had hoped for a clash with big-hitting WBA champion Gennady Golovkin but, after Golovkin obtained a special permit to face Curtis Stevens, he is now set to go toe-to-toe with Garth Wood.

Although not the fight he would have chosen, Murray is eager to get back in the ring after pushing world champion Sergio Martinez all the way in Argentina earlier this year.

It was a choice of either take the fight or lose his interim belt.

Murray tweeted: “It is the only option I have got. Garth Wood is ranked 10 with the WBA and I need to otherwise I lose my interim title.

“Although I have been training, the 10 week training camp starts Monday (September 23).

“I’ll be treating this fight like any other. This fight is as important as any I have had.”